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tonight on "world news," casey anthony, not guilty. inside the bombshell verdict. what did the jury see in her face? what about the evidence? and, when she walks free, what then? what do her parents do? washington watchdog. tax dollars supposed to help the unemployed. who is putting them in their own pocket? get healthy. the easy thing we can all do tonight at any age. also, the royal squeeze. will and kate with a honeymooners hug. and how good is the future king at street hockey?
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good evening. there was a gasp across the country, in front of millions of televisions this afternoon, when a jury took just ten hours and 40 minutes to decide that casey anthony is not guilty. it is now three years since she was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. and here was anthony's face as the first verdict is read and she learns she is not guilty of first degree murder. then, she learns she is acquitted of aggravated child abuse. and then, manslaughter. her only guilt is four counts of lying to police, and abc's ashleigh banfield has been following this case from the start and she was in the courtroom today. >> reporter: just a remarkable day, diane, in the courthouse behind me. the choppers are still flying overhead. in fact, really not since the 1995 acquittal of o.j. simpson have we seen this drama in the courtroom as when this jury also
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said not guilty. >> will the defendant rise along with counsel? >> reporter: three years since a florida toddler's death became a national media sensation, a jury of five men and seven women came back with this. >> as to the charge of first degree murder, verdict as to count one, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: and the acquittals continued from there. not guilty on all of the most serious charges against her. casey anthony went and then smiled with relief and hugged her attorneys, after the jury decided she was only guilty of four misdemeanors, lying to law enforcement. prosecutors sat stone-faced as the verdict was read. they poured hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless man hours into trying to prove her guilty. but struggled to prove cause of death. >> any way you slice it, casey anthony is guilty of murder in the first degree. >> reporter: they had a mountain of circumstantial evidence. damning photos of her dancing while her 2-year-old decomposed in a swamp. she had claimed her child was
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kidnapped by a nanny. yet didn't report it for 31 days, ultimately admitting that nanny was a lie. even in jail, casey seemed more concerned about her own needs than those of her distressed family. >> oh, my god. calling you guys, a waste. huge waste. >> reporter: so, who were the people who cut casey a break? a grandmother who was a laurs. a lawyer's daughter. a young gym deeper and student. not one agreed to speak with the press. while the streets you rupted outside the courthouse, casey's lawyer erupted inside. >> this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in media assassination. >> i'm very happy for casey. i'm ecstatic for her and i want her to be able to somehow get her life back together. >> reporter: across the street from the courthouse, the state attorney was subdued.
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>> we know the facts and we put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed. our team did an exemplarily job. >> reporter: and it's possible that casey could bond out of jail before thursday. that's when she's scheduled to be sentenced for four remaining misdemeanors. if you do the math, that's four years. she's served three. she could get out in less than a year, diane. >> ashleigh, thank you. i want to bring in abc's legal analyst, dan abrams. dan, this is it now. it's over. >> reporter: she could confess in the future. she could say, i did it, in a year from now, and it would still be over. why? because of double jeopardy. the bottom line is she has been tried for this crime. and she cannot be tried again. >> shocked? and all of you out on a limb on this? >> reporter: look, i think we all, or almost all, got a lot of
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this wrong. i think people expected her to be convicted of something. the notion that there was not guilty, not guilty, not guilty, was something that very few expected. >> what do you think happened that confounded all of you? the jurors did what that you didn't expect? >> reporter: i think the jurors probably foe cussed on cause of death, which is that the prosecution couldn't demonstrate based on physical evidence. that the cause of death was a homicide. meaning she definitely died at someone else's hands as opposed to the possibility of an accident. >> how did these jurors -- what do you think they did to explain away the 31 days that she didn't report? >> reporter: i think the jurors probably said, by finding her guilty of lying to law enforcement during that time, they were in effect punishing her for that. >> or the party photos? >> reporter: they would go back to rneasonable doubt. look, we didn't think it was right. we think it was horrible.
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we think it was awful. it was not motherly. but it doesn't change the fact that these jurors would probably argue they can't prove cause of death. >> they get very serious in their job and say, we're not going to make that leap. >> reporter: in high profile trials, you see jurors focus on the very specific elements of law more than in other cases. why? because they know the world is watching. >> so, what is the greater lesson of all these weeks, everybody riveted on the television? >> reporter: our legal system has very specific rules in place that are not just, do i think the person did it? but proof beyond a reasonable doubt is something that i think a lot of people are going to be thinking a whole lot about the next few days. >> thank you, dan abrams. and, other questions. so, how does the world treat casey anthony when she walks out into a free life? and what about her parents and the little girl who is gone?
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these were questioning "20/20" anchor elizabeth vargas asked, as well, tonight. >> reporter: huge crowds reacted angrily to news casey anthony will be free. perhaps within days. what is life going to be like for casey anthony when she gets out? >> i think it's going to be extremely difficult. she's lost everything. >> reporter: it didn't begin that way. there was her mother cindy anthony's frantic call to 911. >> my daughter was missing for a month. i just found her today but i can't find my granddaughter. >> reporter: and her father george leading search parties for the missing girl.. five months after caylee vanished, her body is found. when her mother casey goes on trial, herxplanation for what happened is to blame every other member of her own family, claiming her father and brother sexually abused her that her mother left the ladder to the backyard pool open, allowing the toddler to climb in and drown. and that her father disposed of
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the little girl's body. never offering any proof. kathlele zellner is a criminal defense lawyer. casey anthony and her lawyers really used a scorched earth philosophy. every single member of the anthony family has been slandered or accused of horrific things. >> and it's awful that it happened that way. i don't know how the anthony family will recover from that. >> reporter: yet, even then, casey anthony's mother stands by her, mouthing, "i love you" to her daughter in court, even as her daughter shows no emotion as her father somebodies and her mother seems to collapse with grief on the stand. >> not guilty. >> reporter: today, it w w casey who cried at her acquittal of murder. and, her parents, who left the courtroom quietly. until her arrest, casey lived in her parents' home. >> she can never have the life back that she once had. her child is dead. and her parents have been
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injured. i don't know how you say to someone, i'm sorry i accused you of sexually abusing me. >> reporter: i didn't mean it. can i come home now? >> she has been so reviled that people aren't going to bee able to change that. she's going to live in a prison the rest of her life. >> reporter: a prison, kathleen zellner says, of scrutiny and suspicion that casey anthony got away with murder. and, with today's verdict, the mystery remains of what actually happened to 2-year-old caylee. the little girl with the big brown eyes who loved swimming and winnie the pooh and whose tragic fate touched and enraged so many. diane? >> elizabeth, thank you. and tonight, we want you to know, there will be a special one-hour edition of "nightline." terry moran and the "nightline" team will dive into many questions, including those we posed. and terry is at the center of the story in florida. moving on tonight, a search is under way for the seven americans s ill missing off the coast of mexico, after their
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fishing boat capsized in a sudden storm. the waters there were a balmly 77 degrees so hype therm y'all was not a concern, but the sharks were, and survivors said they could feel them circling after the big boat began to roll. >> we felt it rock and we heard people screaming, yelling in spanish, of course. and we didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: so far, 19 fisherern and 16 crew have been plucked from the ocean. at least one american has already been confirmed dead. and, now, our washington washdog beat. tracking scam artists tonight who have swindled a staggering $17 billion in taxpayer money. money intended to helel the unemployed. tonight, abc's jon karl investigates. >> reporter: florida resident robin dekle was behind bars for violating parole on a drug charge but that's when authorities say she got more than $5,000 in unemployment
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checks last year. when she got out, florida officials say she blew that taxpayer cash on a trip to orlando and universal studios. and that may be the tip of the iceberg. over the past year, more than 1 out of every $10 the federal government dolled out in unemployment benefits, nearly $17 billion in all, went to people who should not be getting them. some jailbirds. most of them people who kept collectiti checks even after they landed a job. it's especially infuriating to those who play by the rules. >> i know times are hard for everybody, but people who go through the process, i'm -- you're legally trying to do the right thing, it's a hassle enough. and to find this out makes you want to, you know -- >> it's taxpayer money. so, we take it very seriously. and we are activity and energetically putting plans in place to make sure that we get this number down quickly. >> reporter: unemployment fraud has been around for a long time. but as the economy has soured,
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the problem has gotten worse. almost two years ago, president obama called for a crackdown on the illegal payments, but in some ways, it is now easier than ever to eat, because people can apply for unemployment benefits online and over the phone. >> they call in, they type in on the internet and quite frankly, it's harder for people to follow up to make sure that people are accurately conforming with the state law. >> reporter: with federal and state budgets now tighter than ever, the labor department says it has beefed up enforcement and made cracking down on fraud a top priority. meanwhile, the checks keep going on. jonathan karar abc news, washington. and, another note in the news tonight. the duke and duchess of cambridge, better known as will and kate, are inching closer to u.s. soil. in just three days, they will touchdown in southern california. but today, the newlyweds continued their charm offensive across canada. and abc's bob woodruff is there.
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>> reporter: 19,000 people live in yellowknife. it seems like every one of them came out today for a glimpse of will and kate. every day of this tour, the two seem more comfortable with the people and themselves. this embrace, a rare glimpse of affection between a royal couple. william was given diamond encrusted polar bear cuff links and a matching brooch, while the duchess dazzled in this dress. but this is a hockey country, so, they were given jerseys, printed with last names called cambridge. kate was perfect on the faceoff. >> she probably tried shooting if she wasn't wearing heels. >> reporter: willllm, less so, missing all of his shots. perhaps, his best shot, one launched at trorters looking on. i should let you know, we were not hit by that wall this is the
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sixth day of this 11-day tour. now more than halfway. and, you just couldn't tell if they're more tired now. in fact, more energetic than they have been before. diane? >> all right, bob, it's so beautiful up there. and, there is something else we noticed about those jerseys bob mentioned. take a look. who got number one and who got number two. and still ahead on "world news," the brave, eloquent children of working parents who can barely hold on. tonight, we find them again. how they're doing two years later. and how to change your health right now, at any age. and, birds eye view. literally. a sea gull take as camera on a very big adventure. so i took my heartburn pill and some antacids. we're having mexican tonight, so another pill then?
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there are millions more of us who are jobs but are barelyy making enough to hang on. and for their children, it is a daily anxiety so far from care-free youth. two yearsago, some of them made a rivetinin video, asking, is anybody listening? thousands heard, including abc's david muir, who decided to find them again and find out what has changed. >> reporter: they are the high school students who painted the most honest portrait of the economy we've ever seen. bravely sitting down in this chair, in front of their classroom camera, revealing their struggles at home. >> we're like four months behind rent. >> my mom, i see her struggling. >> i can't imagine what's going to happen for our generation. >> we might be homeless pretty soon. >> reporter: all of it came with that question, is anybody listening? we remember our first trip. how many of you know when the rent or the mortgage is due?
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that's incredible to me. at the time, 17-year-old chris took us home. sleeping on the couch so his brothers could share the bedroom. you love him? >> yep. >> reporter: there's nothing in the freezer. >> no, nothing. what can you do, right? >> reporter: he was so brave to show us. two years later, we went back to that same school. and did you see the videos? a new class, and we wondered, a new economy. how many of you know when the mortgage or rent is due at home? and then the hands start going up. but the students knew this. do you know what gas prices are? >> right now, it's $3.81. >> reporter: you know how much it costs? and julio, who helps his mother track the price of frozen dinners. >> sometimes it's five for five bucks. >> reporter: and andy says his parents struggle, too. his mother works at the school, and is suddenly, we see her waving through the window.
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>> really sad for him to even think about that. >> reporter: but that same teacher, two years later, revealed some real hope here, too. so, some of f e kids who asked, is anyone listening, graduate today? we were there for the graduation of the last student in that video to get her diploma. and what a difference from those tears. i can't help but to see the smile tea. >> yeah. >> reporter: she's traveled the country, walking about that video. >> and if people can listen to us, then there is definitely hope for everybody else. >> reporter: and jennifer told me she's going to college to be a neurosurgeon. the final student in that video to graduate. and thoed you still hear so much anxiety in those voices, you hear extraordinary drive from the students then and now. diane, the kind of drive, that teacher points out that is born in an economy like this one. >> they are the champions of ththe tough times. thank you, david. and coming up, the power of healthy living. it's not too late to start right now. from nutritional science comes centrum.
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tonight, in our healthy living report, new evidence that women who do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight and move around in their lives can cut the risk of sudden cardiac death by more than 90%. 90%. so, how little do you need to move? and what's the proof it's never too late? here's abc's sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: consider canned cheese. yep, this stuff. doctors say in someone who is sedentary, if you biopsy their fat, it actually looks a lot like this. the fat of the athlete looks more like olive oil. so, what in well, that cheesy fat in sedentary people create as chemical reaction that makes you more vulnerable to disease, things like alzheimer'ser. >> the interesting thing is, some of this activity doesn't have to be an exercise program, it simply have to be not sitting. there are some studies that show that you get a lot of benefits simply by being on your feet and not sitting at a desk.
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>> reporter: the next big step, actually exercising, sweating. are we ever too old to start? doctors say starting to exercise even at 55 will still ill prove our lives as we age beyond 65. >> you can actually improve your muscle mass and strength even in your 90s. that's important because that means you can possibly stay out of a nursing home. >> reporter: but how much do you really need to exercise? scientists now say the minimum, a half hour of cardio exercise three times a week. the maximum, an hour a day, six times a week. beyond that, doctors say, you're just showing off. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. and still ahead, a sea gull, a camera, and we all get a chance to fly. hey, the new guy is loaded with protein! really? 25 grams of protein. what do we have? all four of us, together? 24. he's low fat, too, and has 5 grams of sugars. i'll believe it when i--- [ both ] oooooh...
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hey! >> reporter: up and up and up he goes for, yes, a birds eye view of the city. and it must be said, it's a bird with a nice eye for detail and nice legs. more outstanding critter camera work? this south african lion pinched a camera left by nature writers. then licked it. delicious images. and this in indonesia. where a wildlife photographer gave his camera to a ma kak and -- smile. now, back to france. there is some debate about whether this video from the spielberg of sea gulls is real. it came from a slovak director who claims the bird did swipe the camera. we had no takers in our own search for they've yan artistry. say cheese. take the camera. the folks at national geographic, they do it right. sharks, giant squid and penguins. fascinating, yes.
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fake, who knows here. but fun? absolutely. john berman, abc news, new york. >> and thank you so much for watching. we're always on at abcnews.com. and don't forget that special one-hour edition of "nightline" later tonight with all the details on the casey anthony trial. and, we hope to see you right back here tomorrow. have a great night.
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ABC July 5, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT

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